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Between Scylla And Charybdis

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Jewish participation and implication in the Aragonese conquest of Sicily was negligible. Iucef Ravaya of Aragon, King Peter I's bailiff or treasurer, was the only Jew of note known to have been involved in the campaign. The Jews of Palermo were subjected to violence and despoiled of their possessions. As a result they were unable to settle their debts and had to be granted a moratorium (1349). The Jewish community of Palermo turned to the Martins and Queen Mary for succour on behalf of all Jewish communities of Sicily. The Aragonese-Spanish period in the history of the Jews in Sicily witnessed a deterioration in the individual and collective security of the Jewish minority, as compared with the preceding periods, taking into consideration also the relative paucity of documentation for the latter.

Keywords: Aragonese-Spanish period; Jewish community; King Peter I; Palermo; Sicily



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